This course is designed to develop the general management skills you need in the rapidly changing economic environment. As well as giving you the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to operate effectively in a managerial role, the course will develop your analysis, problem-solving and proactive-thinking skills. As the course progresses, the emphasis evolves from operational to a strategic approach.

Studying the Management MA will give you opportunities to gain immediately applicable skills and managerial awareness; whilst learning about other organisations' processes and practices from peers and case study analysis. 

Students are supported via the Virtual Learning Environment accessing their modules on the Blackboard site and availing of current journals and e-books as well as podcasts and other supporting resources. Onsite students can make appointments with librarians for specific search support or attend speaker's evenings or study skills ribbon workshops. Each student has a personal tutor and we also provide additional support for dyslexic and disabled students. 

Students who successfully complete this Master's degree are eligible for a student membership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This gives you access to the CMI professional network and opportunities to attend events and get the latest news from the sector of leadership and management.

A highlight for many students is the residential weekend organised as part of this course - a weekend away combining presentations and workshops with great opportunities to network and get to know your fellow students. Additional networking events with management professionals are also organised throughout your course.

Students on this course benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Download a suggested timetable for Management MA.

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Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 


You will study the main features of the economic and financial environment of the firm, with the aid of common analytical tools and the development of analytical and quantitative skills relevant to managerial decision making.

In this module you will focus on the interpretation of corporate financial reports, and develop the confidence and expertise to use financial techniques and concepts in business decision making.

You will develop the skills and competencies to carry out the Human Resource Management (HRM) element of your role and work effectively with HRM specialists. You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications of HRM decision making for organisational success.

This module will give you an understanding of how organisations work, and how to use that knowledge as an effective manager.

This module is all about running the organisation more effectively and efficiently, by exploiting internal and external information. It develops your critical understanding of the sources and application of information from a managerial perspective, and examines specific issues of managing operations.

This module provides you with a grounding in the knowledge, theory and practice of marketing as applied by managers in organisational situations. It is focused on the development of effective market-oriented managerial thinking. Marketing-related tools, frameworks, strategies and tactics are introduced, developed and applied.

This module will introduce you to the principles and practices of strategic management.

The module aims to develop your knowledge of and competence in the research process and the application of research methods in the area of business and management. It covers qualitative and quantitative research methods, and considers the contexts within which different methods are useful and how they should be applied in practice. It focuses on research design, data collection and analysis, and the presentation of findings.

This module involves extensive research in a chosen topic. It will enable you to demonstrate your ability to work autonomously, and to apply the theory learnt during the course to a substantial real-life problem.

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.


Students who successfully complete this Master's degree are eligible for a student membership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This gives you access to the CMI professional network and opportunities to attend events and get the latest news from the sector of leadership and management.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

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Course Leaders

Simply put: helping people to realise their potential and to tap into that potential.

Keith Patrick

Principal Lecture: Information Management

Keith joined WBS in 2002 as a Senior Lecturer in Business Information Management, having been at London South Bank University for seven years, in a similar role combining teaching, research and course management. He had previously been a Research Assistant at Westminster for two years.

Keith adopts an approach in teaching, research and knowledge transfer that takes in a socio-cultural-technical view of the impacts and implications of IT/IS/ICT from the perspectives of business and organisations, their management, and people in their various guises of user, customer, supplier, and employee.

Keith's career route has been varied, taking an eclectic route through engineering, crisis intervention residential social work, and research. With several breaks for study, including a BA Hons in International Relations from Keele, and an MSc in Office Systems Management from Humberside, subsequent study taken through the part-time and online route, Institute of Education, University of Ulster, and University of Westminster.

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Nuala OSullivan

Senior Lecturer

Nuala OSullivan is an occupational psychologist with a background in consultancy and change management relying on her early career as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. She is a graduate Member of the British Psychological Society Development (GBR BPS) and the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, as well as Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) as well as being a qualified NLP Practitioner and ACAS trained workplace mediator. Her qualifications include BSc in Psychological Sciences and MSc in Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

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Nuala is qualified in psychometric testing and has a PGCHE to complement her certificates in managing others in projects: PRINCE2 and DSDM which have helped to develop industry awareness.


Our graduates occupy a variety of roles in both multinational organisations and small and medium-size enterprises. When you graduate you will be equipped to pursue a career in specialist areas of business, including financial services, operations, human resources, sales and marketing. Some of our graduates are employed in companies such as Accenture, Procter & Gamble and Unilever as well as the NHS and local councils.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015-16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you'll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Student Highlight

Stefan Babb

Management MA

The Management MA course is very diverse. Students can learn about multiple areas in business including Finance, Marketing, HRM. I found my professors very helpful during the course and I was able to develop long-lasting relationships with some of the staff. In particular, the support given for my dissertation research was exceptional. I am now the Co-Founder and Finance Director of the Westminster Water Company UK Ltd.

I'm a more knowledgeable entrepreneur than I would've been had I not taken the course.

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